Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign continues to drive Native-led policy change
First Nations Development Institute leads new collaborative grantmaking for Native health through Policy Innovation Fund
LONGMONT, Colo., July 10, 2019 — The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the American Heart Association and First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today announced nearly $250,000 in grants through the collaborative Policy Innovation Fund. These grants are part of the Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign, a $1.6 million funding initiative to support Native American nutrition and health advocacy. Grant recipients will improve access to healthy foods, reduce consumption of sugary drinks and foods, and strengthen food sovereignty work that is rooted in tradition, culture and Indigenous knowledge.
Healthy Children Healthy Nations Fund supports efforts to improve early childhood development and nutrition in Native American communities
Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), Better Way Foundation, and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations today announced that their Healthy Children, Healthy Nations (HCHN) Fund has awarded $220,000 in grants to 10 Native American tribes and nonprofits in Minnesota. These grants will support innovation in and the expansion of early childhood development and childhood nutrition programs in Minnesota’s Native communities.
Healthy Children Healthy Nations Fund to focus on improving early childhood development and nutrition in Native American communities
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), Better Way Foundation, and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations today announced the establishment of a new collaborative fund to help Native children thrive in reservation and urban settings. The Healthy Children Healthy Nations (HCHN) Fund is the first donor-advised fund dedicated to supporting innovation in and the expansion of early childhood development and childhood nutrition programs in Minnesota’s Native communities.
Inclusion of Native American-related provisions can provide new opportunities for tribal governments and Native producers to address conservation, rural development, credit, food access, and dietary health in Indian Country
The member tribes and tribal organizations of the Native Farm Bill Coalition today praise the U.S. Senate’s passage of its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, and express their great appreciation to the bipartisan group of United States senators who worked to ensure that measures which are important to Native American tribes and producers were included to make this historic investment in Indian Country food and agriculture production, infrastructure, and economic development.
Senate consideration of draft Farm Bill offers Indian Country more opportunities to fight its food and nutrition crisis
Roberts-Stabenow bill represents “good start,” but additional Native food sovereignty measures are still sought by Indian Country
The Native Farm Bill Coalition, a collaboration of more than 160 Native American tribes and allied groups, today stated its appreciation for the inclusion of provisions relating to Indian Country in the newly released, bipartisan Senate version of the draft Farm Bill. Coalition members also expressed their continuing resolve to persuade the Senate to add key Indian Country provisions still missing from the draft Farm Bill before it is marked up in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, June 13.
Notah Begay III Foundation and Shakopee tribe team up to promote healthy beverage consumption in Native communities
$250,000 SMSC grant to expand foundation’s Water First! initiative
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced today a $250,000 grant to the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation to expand its Water First! healthy beverage initiative. Awarded through the SMSC’s Seeds of Native Health campaign, the new funding will expand the initiative, which focuses on reducing Native American children’s consumption of sugary beverages and increasing their access to and intake of safe drinking water. The SMSC’s contribution augments funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other contributors.
New report outlines framework to improve early childhood development and nutrition for Minnesota’s Native children
Partners create new collaborative fund to support investments in Native children
Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), the Center for Indian Country Development of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and Better Way Foundation today released a report outlining a multifaceted framework to improve early childhood development and childhood nutrition among Minnesota’s Native American children. The report was developed as a part of Healthy Children, Healthy Nations, an initiative that convened practitioners, funders, and tribal leaders to discuss ways to improve the health and well-being of Minnesota’s Native children and ensure better educational and social outcomes.
American Indian Cancer Foundation, Shakopee tribe, and American Heart Association jointly award $175,000 in health grants to five Native American organizations
Fertile Ground Grant Program promotes planning of health and nutrition policy work benefiting Native American communities
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., March 12, 2018 — The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) today announced grant awards totaling $175,000 in its partnership with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s (SMSC) Seeds of Native Health initiative and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Five $35,000 grants to Native American organizations will support innovative nutrition- and health-focused advocacy efforts under the partnership’s new, competitive Fertile Ground Grant Program.